by Desiree Schnoor
“From 2007 to 2017, unit labor costs increased in 80 of the 86 manufacturing industries”. Understandably, the big question manufacturing companies want to solve is “What could I accomplish if labor costs weren’t an issue?” Said another way, if there was a way for companies to fill workstations, increase yield and reduce turnover, they could spend resources on actually growing their businesses.
Virtual QE, a quality engineering company, understands the need and sees the solution. Video Work Instructions, video training tutorials, replace traditional work instructions and have much larger implications for finding a solution to the labor issue.
Firstly, the leading need in manufacturing today is finding qualified people to perform highly specialized tasks; labor availability. Video Work Instructions hurdle over the experience prerequisite, because they automatically allow inexperienced workers to perform liked skilled ones, speeding up training by providing first-person video instruction our brains prefer.
Speaking of training speed, Video Work Instructions drastically reduce onboarding time. Once job positions are filled, training is faster and easier with video. One of the metrics Virtual QE measures is the speed an individual can do a new task while making no mistakes. In over 8 manufacturing demonstrations alone, employees have performed first-time tasks over 10 times faster using video instructions, on average, than the time it would take them if they were being traditionally trained.
Finally, there is the supply and demand aspect of labor. As long as there is a labor shortage, cost of labor will be high. Video Work Instructions provide the ability for companies to reduce their skill requirements, in turn increasing, the number of qualified applicants, the available supply. When supply goes up, labor cost goes down. This provides immediate relief to the company by reducing labor costs.
These factors and others not only meet the issue of labor costs head on, but are improving manufacturing companies as a whole.
Desiree Schnoor holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in public health. Her interests lie broadly in health and well being. She spends the majority of her efforts and love on caring for her husband and four children. She has used her communication skills in health education and promotion for a large wellness corporation, as well as starting a women's mentoring program. She is utilizing her skill set at Virtual QE by conveying the "quality of life" aspects of quality engineering.